With Halloween just a week away, the Hollywood Reporter has released an exclusive look at the results of a Fandango survey ranking this year’s most popular costumes based on 2012 movies. The results are super—literally.
For men, The Avengers came out on top, with Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk claiming spots 1–4, in that order. Batman filled out the top five. The female Avengers hero, the Black Widow, only made it to No. 5 on the women’s list, but shared the top ranks with similarly strong characters: Catwoman, The Hunger Games‘ Katniss Everdeen, and Snow White and the Queen from Snow White and the Huntsman.
The women’s list stays fierce in the bottom half, with vampire Bella from Twilight, Effie from The Hunger Games, Selene from Underworld: Awakening, Merida from Brave and Alice from Resident Evil. The men’s list, on the other hand, gets weird: after James Bond at No. 6, we get to Ted the bear from Ted, Gandalf, Magic Mike—the fact that Mike didn’t hit No. 1 is probably the weirdest thing on the list…or else it’s an insight into gender-based expectations for a dress-up holiday—and Wreck-It-Ralph.
The Hollywood Reporter, however, does not share the wording of the question that was asked of survey respondents. We’re willing to bet the query was either a) “Which movie character would you like to be for Halloween?” or b) it was asked over the summer, before Halloween dreams meet crushing reality. Unless one opts to splash out for an expensive pre-made costume—which, admittedly, many are–most of these costumes are not easily DIY’ed. A whopping four of the female costumes require full leather bodysuits. If you haven’t yet secured an ensemble, we suggest narrowing the list to Katniss (wear brown; YouTube is littered with tutorials for her hairdo) and either 007 (if you own a tux) or Magic Mike (if you own parachute pants). Or, if you’re handy with circuitry, go as off-duty Iron Man with a suit and this cool DIY arc reactor project via Gizmodo.
What do you think? Which 2012 movie character should have made the list?